Peugeot 508 SW

We hit the road in Lion’s new diesel top seller

Overall Auto Express Rating

4.0 out of 5

After the disappointment of the 407, the 508 marks a real return to form for Peugeot. Not only does it look great inside and out, it’s well specified, sensibly priced and offers comfort to rival the best in the class. Space is generous, while impressive fuel economy and low emissions should keep costs to a minimum. It’s not as much fun to drive as a Ford Mondeo, majoring on comfort instead. But this diesel is the best engine in the range.

With sharp looks and plenty of space in a well equipped package, there’s much to enjoy about the new Peugeot 508. But could this be the most likeable version yet? 

The 140bhp 2.0-litre HDi diesel is set to be the range’s best seller, blending strong pace and economy. On the move, it’s also very refined, with Peugeot’s engineers ensuring the driver 

is cocooned in silence. 

The 2.0-litre engine suits the 508, offering unflustered, easy pace, with its 320Nm of torque delivered low in the rev range. That makes the car an accomplished cruiser. Drive it sensibly and you might get close to the official economy figure of 58.9mpg, too. 

On more challenging roads, supple suspension provides a comfortable ride. The steering is well weighted and delivers decent feedback. And while the six-speed manual gearbox could shift more accurately, the driving experience is easily good enough to rival the class leaders. 

Inside, the materials have a high-quality feel and everything is neatly laid out, although the lack of centre console cubbies is an oversight. What’s obvious is the feeling of space – particularly on this SW estate model – with plenty of room in the rear. 

Even taller adults will be comfortable, and the airy impression is enhanced by a panoramic glass roof that comes with the Allure model – the finishing touch on an  impressive all-rounder.

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